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Angelicus Plecostomus (Pseudoacanthicus angelicus)

Angelicus Plecostomus (Pseudoacanthicus angelicus)

The Angelicus Plecostomus (Pseudoacanthicus angelicus) is a new species or armored catfish found in the rivers and tributaries of South America.

Angelicus Plecostomus (Pseudoacanthicus angelicus)

Angelicus Plecostomus (Pseudoacanthicus angelicus)

The Angelicus Plecostomus’ main body color is jet black with yellow spots covering the entire body including its long flowing caudal fin.

Unlike other Plecos that look similar to this species and are sold in the aquarium trade as Angelicus Plecos, the Angelicus Plecostomus (Pseudoacanthicus angelicus) will maintain its unique coloration throughout adulthood.

These fish are collected in fast moving rivers and streams in South America and require high aeration and good water movement to stay healthy in an aquarium environment.

Since they grow to over a foot in length, they need to be housed in a large (70 gallon min.) tank aquascaped with hearty, fast growing plants, rocks and driftwood to mimic their natural habitat.

Angelicus Plecostomus are shy, nocturnal fish and should be provided caves or other hiding places to cut down on stress and keep them healthy.

The Angelicus Plecostomus is primarily a carnivore but not a picky eater.  It will eagerly accept sinking carnivore pellets, bloodworms, tubifex worms, algae and high quality flake foods.

Little is known about the Pseudoacanthicus Angelicus Pleco’s breeding habits and to date tropical fish keeping enthusiasts have not been able to breed them in an aquarium environment.

The Angelicus Pleco is relatively difficult to obtain and is rather pricey.  When they are available for sale they can be anywhere from 3″ to 6″ in length.

Angelicus Plecostomus (Pseudoacanthicus angelicus)

Angelicus Plecostomus (Pseudoacanthicus angelicus)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minimum Tank Size: 70 gallons +
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy
Water Conditions: 74-79° F, KH 6-10, pH 6.5-7.4
Max. Size: 1′
Color Form: Black, Gold
Diet: Omnivore
Compatibility: OK community tank fish
Origin: South America
Family: Loricariidae
Live Span: 10 – 15 years +
Aquarist Experience Lever: Intermediate

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